Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are licensed independent practitioners who practice in ambulatory, acute and long-term care as primary and/or specialty providers. All Nurse Practitioners in New York State must meet certain educational requirements and maintain their license as a Registered Professional Nurse, for state licensure.
Nurse Practitioners are prepared through advanced graduate education and clinical training to provide a wide range of health care services including, the diagnosis and management of common, as well as, complex medical conditions to individuals of all ages. NPs practice in numerous settings under the rules and regulations of they in which they are licensed. Today there are over 150,000 Nurse Practitioners practicing.
Nurse Practitioners are certified to practice in a specific area and can be authorized in more than one specialty. Specialties include: Acute Care, Adult Health, Family Health, Community Health, Women's Health, Psychiatry and Pediatrics. Nurse Practitioners take health histories and provide complete physical examination; diagnose and treat many acute and chronic problems; interpret laboratory results and x-rays; prescribe and manage medications and other therapies; provide health teaching and supportive counseling with an emphasis on prevention of illness and health maintenance.